Common Maintenance Issues for Hybrid Cars




Common Maintenance Issues for Hybrid Cars


Like any other vehicle on the road, Hybrid cars will run in to maintenance issues from time to time.  Preparing yourself through early education as an owner of a hybrid car can help you better understand what issues might arise and when.  Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, our goal is to not only fix common maintenance issues at a much lower price than competitors, but also to educate our customers about the issues so that they can fully understand the work being done on their vehicle.


Our repair shop specializes in the maintenance and repair of hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Altima Hybrid or the Honda Civic Hybrid.  From routine maintenance to replacing your hybrid battery, our shop has you covered at a fraction of the repair cost found at other shops.  To better understand the issues you might experience as a hybrid car owner, here is a list of common maintenance issues found in hybrid cars.


Routine Maintenance

Similar to regular gas engine cars, hybrid cars require the changing of air filters and oil. However, oil changes are much less frequent in hybrid cars than regular gas engine cars. Often, the hybrid car only needs to get an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Air filters for hybrid cars should be replaced about every 40,000 miles.


Battery Life

In comparison to gas engine cars, a hybrid car tends to see more maintenance issues with the hybrid battery.  The hybrid battery life is not always reliable and can die off sooner than expected.  Between repair and replacement, hybrid batteries tend to have very high replacement costs.  We have written about several hybrid battery issues on our blog in the past, seen here (P3030 or P3009) and here (P0A80).


German Hybrids Check Engine Light

In general, Hybrid car owners do not have engine problems as often as regular gas engine car owners.  The exception to this is found in German model hybrid cars, made by Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen.  In these vehicles, owners have had issues with the engine light coming on or staying on without relaying codes that show an actual problem.  This glitch can be somewhat of a nuisance, but is also causes safety issues if the engine of the vehicle really needs to be checked and owners do not trust it when it lights up.


Keys to Hybrid Maintenance Survival

If you are already a Hybrid car owner, you can surely speak for the masses and tell others how enjoyable hybrid cars are to drive and own.  However, you may also be one of the owners that have seen these common maintenance issues firsthand and know the downside to owning a hybrid car when it comes to cost.  If you are able to educate yourself on common maintenance issues ahead of problems, keep up with routine maintenance and get all your vehicle work done by a trustworthy shop like ours, then keeping your car healthy and on the road should not be an issue.

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Toyota Prius P3030 or P3009 Trouble Codes

Toyota Prius P3030 or P3009 Trouble Codes


Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, we can provide solutions when your first generation Toyota Prius (model years 2001 through 2003) shows either a trouble code P3030 or a code P3009.


Code P3030 means “High Voltage Line Snapped”.  This means there is either a broken or corroded circuit in the harness of your Toyota Prius battery.  Code P3009 in relation to the battery means there is a High Voltage Leak detected.  While these codes or meanings may not make sense to you, surely you are aware that your car is not currently functioning the way it should be.  Hybrid battery problems are costly and stressful as they can keep your car off the road for long periods of time.


While some repair shops will automatically jump to the conclusion that it is time to replace the battery, our repair shop will investigate the possibility of repairing the battery for much less money.  If your warranty has expired, the cost of a brand new battery will be at least $3,000 plus installation costs.  You could save some money by purchasing a refurbished or used battery, but this will still cost you over $2,000 and there is no telling how much longer the used battery will last.


We can repair the battery for much less money.  Our rate for a Toyota Prius battery repair is about $950 with tax at the time of this posting.  While this is not a small amount by any means, it is still much less money than you would pay for a new or used replacement battery.  We are able to save you money by getting to the bottom of the problem and repairing the battery, rather than taking the easy route and replacing the battery like other shops might do.


Car problems come up when you least expect it and vehicle owners often cannot afford a big fix like a battery replacement.  It is good to know your options for replacement or repair.  Research your options before making a decision.  This will likely leave you feeling better that you made the best decision to fit you current needs and budget.  Feel free to contact our shop to see how we can help you out.  As always, Maxat Hybrid Repair will be happy to assist you and get your car back in working condition.

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P0A80 code – Battery Replacement Toyota Prius 2004-2009

Battery Replacement Options for Your Toyota Prius (2004-2009)


When a Toyota Prius hybrid battery official “dies” (sets trouble code P0A80), you should contact our shop immediately to get a quote on a battery replacement option at a fair price.  If you are a 2nd Generation Toyota Prius Owner, you may be reaching the point where your Toyota Prius is experiencing hybrid battery problems.  The failure point of a Prius hybrid battery is more frequent in vehicles over 10 years old and cars with miles over 200,000 are also known to experience battery problems.  At Maxat Hybrid Repair, we offer solutions to get your vehicle functioning properly again at a reasonable price point.


The Toyota Prius is generally known as a low maintenance and reliable vehicle with very little problems.  However, no vehicle is perfect and the Prius does have its flaws in the form of a hybrid battery replacement.  Whether you are planning ahead or looking to fix a dead hybrid battery currently, consider the following options:


Order a Brand New Prius Hybrid Battery from Toyota

The Prius hybrid battery carries a 1 year warranty with Toyota.  If a failure occurs before either of these thresholds, Toyota will replace the battery free of charge.  The problem is that a majority of these battery failures are occurring after these marks.  While various resources are available for battery replacement, a majority of these will be somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 for the battery and installation.


Vehicle owners should run a value check on their vehicle at this point.  Some might realize that replacing the battery with a brand new one will cost close to half the value of the vehicle in resale, depending on the age, condition and mileage.  If this idea bothers you (which is understandable), you may want to consider other options for battery replacement like visiting a hybrid repair shop.


Buy a Used/Refurbished Battery from a Third Party Source

Rather than spending a large amount of money on a brand new battery to place in to your 10+ year old vehicle, consider hybrid battery repair with our shop.  Our shop offers services for your Toyota Prius at a fraction of the cost the competitors will charge you.  Our hybrid repair shop will perform a battery repair for $950 or perform a factory rebuild on the battery for $2,250 as of April 2016.  While the repair or rebuild are not inexpensive fixes by any means, they are significantly cheaper options to fix the vehicle without losing too much value in a future resale.


Know Your Options

Car problems can be a frustrating part of life.  They are bound to happen and vehicle owners often do not have the appropriate funds in their budget for a big fix like this battery replacement.  Warranties do exist on the Prius for a limited lifespan and certified used Priuses will vary on warranties.  Either way, it is good to know your options for replacement or repair.  Run a price check for replacement or repair, check the value of your vehicle and consider the option that works best for you and your budget.  A well-researched decision will likely leave the vehicle owner feeling better that they made the best decision to fit his or her current needs.  Upon reaching a final decision, feel free to contact our shop to see how we can help you out.


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